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We asked this question, bhoga-tyaga, to our Guru Maharaja

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Nectar of Devotion Lectures

We asked this question, bhoga-tyāga, to our Guru Mahārāja... both of them were devotees of Lord Caitanya. So what is the difference?

The Nectar of Devotion -- Bombay, December 26, 1972:

You are now engaged in two kinds of dharma. Somebody, karmīs, they are bhoga, bhoga dharmī. They want to enjoy. And tyāgī, they want to renounce this bhoga. So both of these will not help you. Bhoga-tyāga. Then what? Sevā. You have to take the dharma of sevā. That is bhakti. Kṛṣṇa-sevā. For Kṛṣṇa, you can accept anything. That is . . . it may appear bhoga.

Just like Prahlāda Mahārāja, Pṛthu Mahārāja, they were kings, very opulent kings, Dhruva Mahārāja. So still they were great devotees. Not only ordinary devotees—mahājanas. So this bhoga-tyāga has no meaning. It has no benefit. One has to become devotee, either in the bhoga field or in the tyāga field, it doesn't matter.

Bhoga-tyāga is not required. Required service. That service, it may be on the platform of bhoga or service . . . service is required, Kṛṣṇa's service. Kṛṣṇa has to be satisfied, either in the bhoga platform or tyāga plat . . . he does not . . . devotee's not concerned with bhoga-tyāga. Devotee's concerned with Kṛṣṇa's service.

So sometimes . . . just like there is example. We asked this question, bhoga-tyāga, to our Guru Mahārāja. So . . . what is the difference? Just like Rūpa Gosvāmī, he left everything for Caitanya Mahāprabhu's service. His lucrative service, minister post and everything, he re . . . tyāga. And Rāmānanda Rāya, he was governor. He was governor and gṛhastha, and living very luxuriantly. He's bhoga. He's bhoga platform. Now both of them were devotees of Lord Caitanya. So what is the difference? This question was put.

So our Guru Mahārāja replied—just like a woman. According to our Vedic system, when the husband is out of home, the women is not supposed to dress herself very nicely. Proṣita bhartṛkā. It is called proṣita bhartṛkā. The system was that one should dress herself in such a way that people cannot understand what is her position—whether she's unmarried, whether she's married, whether she's widow, whether her husband is away, whether he's a pro . . . she's a prostitute, everything. By the dress one should understand, "She is . . . she is widow" or "She has got her husband", "Her husband is now away from home", "Oh, she is a prostitute", "She's not married." In this way. Because she's not to be asked. Simply by the dress one can understand.

So the proṣita bhartṛkā, she does not dress herself, she lies down on the floor, does not change her clothes very nicely, does not dress the . . . comb the hair, proṣita bhartṛkā. And the same woman, when her husband is at home, she take twice bath and dresses herself, applies oil and very nice dress, ornaments, and so many things. Women know how to decorate themselves. But the . . . there is no difference. Her not dressing herself nicely and dressing herself nicely, it may be considered that bhoga and tyāga. But either of these positions is for center is husband. Center is husband.

Therefore bhoga-tyāga is no consideration. If for Kṛṣṇa I have to give up everything, I will give up. And if Kṛṣṇa, I'll have to accept everything, I will accept. This is required. Not the position of bhoga-tyāga, but service. If by giving up everything I can serve Kṛṣṇa well, I shall give it up, everything. And if by accepting everything I shall serve Kṛṣṇa very nicely, then I accept everything. That is required. Ānukūlyena.

Because we have to see whether Kṛṣṇa wants it, Kṛṣṇa wants it. Kṛṣṇa wants Arjuna that, "You become victorious in this battlefield and kill all of them." "Yes, I shall do that." Kariṣye vacanaṁ (BG 18.73). If Kṛṣṇa would have asked him, "What is this fighting? You give up. Come with Me. Go to the forest," Arjuna would have done that. So our policy is not bhoga-tyāga. Our policy is satisfaction of Kṛṣṇa. That is pure bhakti.
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